New York

Charles Hinman

Denise René Gallery

The Denise René Gallery showed a large group of recent paintings by Charles Hinman during March. The works fall into three categories: shaped canvases with multiple stretchers having one continuous plane; relief aggregations of separately stretched canvases jutting out from the wall at various angles; and closed three-dimensional painted objects, some of which stand on the floor while others hang from the ceiling. All share a relaxed avoidance of profundity in formal relations and a freewheeling, unsystematic attitude toward color. The critical problem is to decide whether their casualness is substantial or accidental.

I cannot detect any consistent esthetic procedure at work. I don’t mean that I am disappointed be-cause the works do not seem to evolve neatly along some teleological line. It is just that the formal interrelations between pieces do not seem to suggest an overall aim: for

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